How to Write Funny

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  • The content, readings, and feedback are beyond inspiring and useful; I already have a new draft of my piece! The idea of trusting the process of “writing through”—despite this not feeling necessarily natural for me—really fed my writer’s soul.”

    Selin, March 26, 2023

  • The humour-writing workshop provided clear theory, useful tips, well-curated examples and a good vibe. Lisa even surprised us by inviting humour writer Cora Frazier to the workshop to explain process and to field questions.”

    Andy, March 26, 2023

  • “Thank you once again for a great experience at the “Writing Funny” workshop. Here’s what I learned:

    • how to trigger my creative process
    • how to build up humor
    • the different types of humor—from silly to extreme.
    • that at least 1 in 12 people will find one of the jokes in my piece funny, which gave me a confidence boost
    • From Cora [Frazier, the guest speaker], I learned how to stop caring whether people find my writing funny. Bless her!”

    Cristina, March 26, 2023

  • “This was the first writing class I attended and I can say it gave me a great head start. It gave me concrete ideas about how I can organize the process of writing. The most important takeaway for me as a beginner was to see that I can apply techniques and write a piece in a very short time; working at it and hearing feedback was something unbelievable for me. Contrary to my previous mindset, I had the feeling that this is something I can do.

    Although I had a lot of anxiety, my favourite part [of the weekend] was the second day. It was amazing to read what everybody wrote and hear feedback; it was really eye-opening.”

    Andreea, March 26, 2023

  • “How to Write Funny involved more writing, less listening, and more laughing than I expected—all of which was good. The feedback on my writing was positive, yet helpful and insightful. Thanks for a great weekend. The laughing alone was worth it.”

    Karen, January 20, 2007

  • “What I liked about the workshop: I discovered that it’s just fun to write for pleasure!”

    Chan, January 20, 2007

  • “I very much enjoyed all aspects of the workshop. Hearing my story read aloud and being able to gauge the reactions of the listeners was very helpful—and gratifying. I found the writing exercises and handouts very useful too, I learned a lot. I also found it interesting to learn about and use different “voices” and approaches to humor writing. By trying different options, I learned which I like best, which I’m best at, and how to apply different voices to reach different audiences. I think my stories will benefit from everything I learned at the workshop and I thank you very much for teaching me what I needed to know.”

    Wendy, January 20, 2007

  • “What did I think of the writing exercises? Loved them. Great overall. Fast paced and well timed, which helped me get inspired.”

    Jorge, January 20, 2007